Witness a missile launch from Corfe Castle’s resident trebuchet
(medieval siege engine).
King John reigned between 1199 and 1216, and on one of his journeys to Corfe Castle he brought with him ‘a trebuchet, a catapult and a battering ram without a lead head’.
A trebuchet was a kind of giant catapult, used for hurling heavy stones against castle walls. Other missiles included casks of burning tar, dung, bee hives and dead animals.
The replica trebuchet in the castle today is approximately half the size of the original brought here by King John.
Come and see how far the missiles will go! This event is free, but normal admission charges apply for the venue. Every day during half-term, see website for details. http://bit.ly/2CFAzvO
Image: National Trust Images – Neil Davidson
The National Trust Corfe Castle, The Square, Corfe Castle, Wareham, Dorset, BH20 5EZ
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